There are times when, despite our best efforts, we feel less than cheery. We may be under some stress, things may be going awry at home or at work, or we may simply be feeling a little flat. If this feeling persists, you should seek further help – but if it is a one-off, there are ways you can look to improve your mood yourself.
Try some of the following tips for a quick mood-boost:
Listen to music
Music has an incredible ability to change our mood depending on what we choose to listen to. Why not make yourself a ‘happy’ playlist with all your favourite uplifting tunes? Bonus points for skipping digital downloads and listening to vinyl.
Get back to nature
Often time spent outside in nature can help shift a bad mood. Go for a walk in your local park or head to a nearby nature reserve. Turn off your phone and relish the quietness.
Indulge in aromatherapy
Scent can bring back happy memories and make you feel relaxed. Try lighting a scented candle or cocooning yourself in an indulgent body lotion for a quick happy hit. Make the feeling last all day by carrying around a bottle of your favourite essential oil.
Wear your favourite outfit
While it may feel like all you want to do is put on your ‘comfy’ clothes and slob out when you’re feeling low, try putting on your favourite outfit – something that fits well and makes you smile. This simple act can help you feel ready to face the world.
Do some yoga
Again, the urge to lie down and do nothing may be overwhelming, but just a few yoga stretches will help to relax muscles and get your energy flowing. Try a sun salutation in the morning or a restorative routine before you go to bed.
Watch a funny movie
Settle in for the evening with your favourite film (preferably something funny and/or uplifting) to help you laugh and feel inspired. If you’re not a movie buff, read your favourite book or enjoy a magazine – anything that makes you feel lighter.
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